Modern pastoral interiors are about embracing the pared-back lifestyle of living in the country, taking nature as the main point of inspiration. Specially commissioned photography in homes across Scandinavia and the United States shows how to use colours, textures and details to create a home in which to unwind -- a retreat from the rest of the world.
Niki Brantmark shows us various takes on this simple, informal style. In chapter 1, Forest, the interiors are filled with exposed wood throughout, combined with traditional patterns and features, such as log burners and woven rugs. Chapter 2, Graphical, explores a look that is striking, reminiscent of weather-beaten landscapes: think whitewashed ceilings, rugged stone surfaces and striking black features, softened by cosy soft furnishings and fresh plants and flowers - while Homestead style in chapter 3 introduces warmer hues, featuring painted wood and creamy, light browns in textiles, furniture and collectibles. The final chapter, Waterside, brings to mind calm lakes and babbling streams, with rooms filled with light, and gentle blue and grey shades. Every home featured evokes an ideal, rural life, adapted to modern living.